« on: October 31, 2005, 12:50:53 PM »
I've been thinking about this for a while and I would appreciate any advice anyone has on my situation.
I would like to go to LS immediately after graduation, but it may not be in my best interest to apply at the end of this year (I'm a junior). If I apply after senior year, I can present 4 years of an upward grade trend and a GPA that's a bit higher than if I were to apply with only 3 years of grades. My GPA at the end of this year will probably be around 3.5. (I am at any Ivy, if it makes any difference but I know that's a topic for another thread.) At the end of senior year, I couldn't bring it up to much more than 3.65... I would have a completed thesis at that point if that makes any difference. I will probably have to make a decision between going to school with a big scholarship and going to the best school I can get into. I'm looking at schools around Boston since I want to practice in the area... the most prestigious schools I'm looking at are BC/BU. I haven't taken the LSAT but for the sake of the hypothetical, let's say it'll be 165.
I don't really want to take time off because as I mentioned, I really want to begin practicing as early as I can. I wouldn't really want to spend money on another degree but I could opt to get an MPA with a tuition discount using 2 classes from undergrad.
In terms of what I want after LS, I would really like to prosecute. I may end up doing the firm thing if I make the decision to go to a better school and take out loans versus getting more $ from a lower ranked school.
So, when should I apply? Thanks again for any advice you can offer.